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What will you be working towards?

Code Food Science and Nutrition
Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that support healthy eating initiatives. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to learners who have studied Food Science and Nutrition. Subjects which go well with this course include A Level Biology, Chemistry, Sociology and PE.

You will build on and extend your practical food preparation skills and also each unit within the qualification has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose demands authentic work related learning in each of the available units. It also requires you to consider how the use and application of your learning impacts on yourself, other individuals,  employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will also enable you to learn in such a way that you develop: 

skills required for independent learning and development

skills to ensure your own dietary health and well being 

a range of generic and transferable skills

the ability to solve problems

the skills of project based research, development and presentation

the ability to apply mathematical and ICT skills

the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment

the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts.


You will complete three units: two mandatory and one optional, over the two years.

The first mandatory unit: Unit 1 Meeting nutritional needs of specific groups will enable you to demonstrate an understanding of the science of food safety, nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts, and through on–going practical sessions, to gain practical skills to produce quality food items to meet the needs of individuals.  

The second mandatory unit: Unit 2 Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat will allow you to develop your understanding of the science of food safety and hygiene; essential knowledge for anyone involved in food production in the home or wishing to work in the food industry. Again, practical sessions will support the gaining of theoretical knowledge and ensure learning is a tactile experience. 

  Studying one of the two optional units Unit 3 Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems or Unit 4 Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition will allow you the opportunity to study subjects of particular interest or relevance to you, building on previous learning and experiences. 

How will it be delivered?

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition is assessed using a combination of internal and external assessment.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 are assessed through external assessments (examinations).

Unit 1 is usually sat at the end of year 12 (can resit in year 13 if needed) and Unit 2 is sat between May 1st – June 1st in year 13.

Unit 3 or Unit 4 are assessed internally: you will need to respond to a set assignment brief at any time within the academic year, which will be marked by your teacher and moderated by WJEC.

Entry requirements

A Grade 5 in one Science subject. If you have studied Hospitality and Catering then a Level 2 Merit or above is required, or Level 5 or above in Food Preparation and Nutrition.

Your next steps...

Together with other relevant qualifications at

BSc Food and Nutrition Level 3, such as AS and A levels in Biology,

BSc Human Nutrition Chemistry, Sociology and Maths and/or Level 3 qualifications in Hospitality or Science, learners will gain the required knowledge to be able to use the

BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology

qualification to support entry to higher education courses


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